Say Yes To Apes

Say Yes To Apes were a bit of a notorious southern rock outfit formed by Kevin Smith (guitar / vocals – well-known for his tv acting), Pat Faigan (drums – Spacedust etc) and Steve Watson (bass / violin / synth), born out of the earlier Picnic Boys. Releasing a handful of home-made lo-fi tapes on their own TV Eye label, and eventually even some vinyl the boys developed a firm following with a shambolic approach to rock; with Smiths’ vocals at times recalling Lou Reed.

Later joined by Tim McCleod, Say Yes To Apes were the last and most successful of the TV Eye collective. TV Eye released Watsons’ Legacy Of Ears, and Smiths’ Hyphen-Smythe solo material, all with distinctive hand-scribbled sleeves and home-brewed production techniques. Each of these releases are now highly rare and thoroughly collectable, especially with Kevin Smiths’ tragic death in 2003.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Who’s That [1983 TV Eye Apes001]

  • The Decline And Fall Of Say Yes To Apes [1984 TV Eye Apes003]

  • The Brainshake Cassette [1984 W/ The Impeccable Nasals TV Eye]

See-Also

Picnic Boys

kevin smith (guitar / vocals – who later went on to find fame as an actor in the likes of hercules before he died tragically in the early 2000s) released a series of tapes, often with pat faigan (drums – aka duane zarakov – later of spacedust) and steve watson (bass / violin / synth) – initially as the picnic boys on their own tv eye label. the fourth tape in this series was a split album from legacy of ears (steve watson) and hyphen-smythe (kevin) who in combination released material on a later album as the hyphen-ears.
discography
picks in bold

  • split cassette [1982 w/ rythm doktor tv eye TV-Eye001]
  • here comes the jungle cassette [1982 tv eye TV-Eye002]
  • crumbs, it’s a pterodactyl! cassette [1982 tv eye TV-Eye003]